BIG BAR CREEK (NEWS1130) – An evacuation order due to the Big Bar Creek fire has been downgraded, meaning people living in the area are allowed to stay in their homes.

At one point, the 100 hectare blaze — which is burning about 40 kilometres west of Clinton — destroyed two buildings. But despite this, dozens of folks decided to stay in their homes.

Those people could be asked to pack up at a moments notice again if the wind shifts or the temperature rises in and around Big Bar Creek.

“The danger isn’t as great as it was yesterday, [but] winds, lightning, anything can happen [unexpectedly],” says Mike Garrett with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. “Fires are such unpredictable things. When people tell you to evacuate, I think you should evacuate, [but] that’s each individual homeowners call.”

Fire Information Officer Jenny Fremlin say more than 60 firefighters are on the ground working on the fire.

“Today, we also have a specialized type 2 instant management team; four helicopters, which shall be used for water bucketing support; and multiple pieces of heavy equipment. As well, air tankers can be called in to assist as necessary,” notes Fremlin.

She adds the area has a lot of steep terrain and gusty winds.

“The forecast for the day is indicating temperatures in the mid to low 20s, with a slightly higher humidity than we’ve seen over the last couple of days which should assist in our fire suppression efforts.”

There is no word yet on the cause of the fire.